Collingwood CWA is delighted to be hosting a series of free workshops focused on wool craft: spinning, knitting, crochet and dyeing.
The series was born out of desire to escape the city during the pandemic which was impossible when Melbourne was in lockdown.
The Collingwood Children’s Farm is providing the space in the gorgeous old barn and instruction will be provided by the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria, a local craft guild with overlapping interests with the CWA. And of course, our members will be providing a delicious CWA afternoon tea.
The workshops will be held:
29 May 1pm – 4pm – Spinning – learn to spin your own yarn with a spindle and view hand spinning demonstrations.
31 July 1pm – 4pm – Knitting – learn to knit a scarf – all materials provided.
2 October 1pm – 4pm – Crochet -learn to crochet – all materials provided.
20 November 1pm – 4pm – Indigo and Botanical Dyeing – learn the basics of indigo dyeing and use plant material gathered on the farm for botanical dyeing – one skein of yarn and one scarf provided, others available for purchase.
The Collingwood Branch of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc thanks the City of Yarra for its generous funding of this project for residents of the City of Yarra over 18 years.
For any further information please send us an email at CollingwoodCWA@gmail.com
Book here – we’re looking forward to seeing you.
Next branch meeting
Our next meeting is Monday 31st May 6.00-8.00pm at the Elk Wellbeing Centre, 282A Queens Parade, Fitzroy North. In the summer months we meet at the farmhouse at the Collingwood Children’s Farm
New members and visitors are very welcome. Send us an email or just drop in. If you’re not a member yet, please come along and say hello. We’d love to see you. If you’d like more info about the branch, check out what we’ve been up to on our Instagram or Events page or send us an email. The annual membership fee is $80.50 but there’s no rush to join up. Come to a few meetings and see what you think.
Future meeting dates will be posted here. Usually the last Monday of the month.
Thank you for the work of the State Control Centre managing emergencies over the bushfire summer 2019-20
It was our pleasure to make morning tea on Friday 14 February 2020 for the good people of the State Control Centre. Based in East Melbourne just up the road from where we meet, the State Control Centre is the hub of a network of incident control centres across the state.
As our fellow branches throughout Victoria have supported the efforts of their local emergency responders, we thought it appropriate to recognise the work of those based in our neighbourhood who worked so hard to support and coordinate action right across the state.
It was wonderful to meet with staff from many state services, and it was fascinating to tour the Control Centre with the Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp.
Thank you for the work you do all year, but particularly we thank you for the huge effort over this disastrous summer. And we know it’s not over yet.
Melbourne’s foodbowl can’t be taken for granted
Rachel Carey from Melbourne University was a special guest at our meeting on the 29th July. She talked with us about the crisis facing our foodbowls and what must be done to protect agricultural land as it comes under increasing pressures.
We had a great turnout, including members from our sister CWA branches and our neighbourhood. Over tea and home-baked goodies, Rachel talked to us about the importance of Victorian farms in supplying food to all of us in cities and regional areas, and the alarming risks that are emerging to farm livelihoods and our local fresh food supply. Rachel is one of the authors of a new report that outlines a vision and roadmap for preserving Melbourne’s foodbowl for current and future generations as a fundamental building block in a healthy, resilient, sustainable and fair food system.
This roadmap was developed through a collaborative process involving a wide range of stakeholders. Five key areas of policy action underpin a resilient and sustainable city foodbowl – farmland protection, farm viability, water access, nutrient recycling and sustainable farming.
We will be doing more work to highlight this important issue across the CWA of Victoria and the wider community. Please email us if you would like to get involved.
Collingwood Food Swap is back in 2021
Got more veggies, fruit or herbs than you can eat? Come and meet your neighbours at the entrance to the Collingwood Children’s Farm, and swap your surplus on Saturday mornings once a month:
15 May * 26 June * 17 July * 14 August * 11 September * 16 October * 13 November.
Follow us on Instagram @collingwoodfoodswap
Collingwood CWA is a wholehearted supporter of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.
We believe it is a powerful and moving Statement and should be read by as many Australians as possible. We support the campaign for a First Nations Voice: Put it to the People.
A free heart-shaped shortbread with each copy…
See more pics of our info stall at Collingwood Children’s Farm in our photo gallery. We had a couple of special visitors…
Read more about what we’ve been up to and what we’ve got planned on our Events page.